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Ever escaped by the skin of your teeth, been a lesser light, ruled with a rod of iron, turned the other cheek or gone the second mile? Then you’ve encountered the King James Bible.
2011 is the 400th anniversary of its publication. Its impact on Western culture can hardly be overstated.
David Crystal, perhaps the world’s foremost expert on the topic, agrees that no book has had greater influence on the English language (Begat: The King James Bible & the English Language, Oxford University Press).
Even atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens decry biblical illiteracy. In The God Delusion, Dawkins wrote,
The King James Bible of 1611 includes passages of outstanding literary merit … the main reason the English Bible needs to be part of our education is that it is a major source book for literary culture.St Michael’s will host celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the KJV throughout September. Events planned include:
NoteOur celebrations coincide with the visit to the UOW Library of a national touring exhibition of historic Bibles, sponsored by the Bible Society. The exhibition includes a first edition King James Bible, a Bible believed to have belonged to Shakespeare, a Bible belong to Sydney’s second Governor, John Hunter, as well as translations into indigenous languages. More information at http://www.kjv11.com.au/.